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Names That Mean Famous

AloysiusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "famous warrior"
  • Description:

    This name is a classic example of an underused golden oldie that ticks so many boxes - unusual yet traditional, heaps of cute nicknames, a statement name that exudes retro cool. Aloysius is the Latin form of many more common names like Louis, Luis, Luigi and the uncommon but symphonically familiar Ludwig.

RudyHeart

  • Origin:

    German, diminutive of Rudolph
  • Meaning:

    "famous wolf"
  • Description:

    Rudy has a bit of style currency, thanks to the fact that Jude Law used it for his son. It has been consistently in the Top 1000 for as long as Social Security records have been tallied, as opposed to parent name Rudolph, which, perhaps due to the reindeer, hasn't been heard from in some time.

RowenaHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "white spear or famous friend"
  • Description:

    A fabled storybook name via the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe (1819), which featured a heroine called Rowena of Hargottstanstede, and also a Harry Potter name, as Rowena Ravenclaw, founder of one of the Hogwarts houses.. Rowena has some old-fashioned charm, though most modern parents seem to prefer Rowen. Pronunciation, however, is NOT like Rowen with an a at the end, but with a long e and an emphasis on the middle syllable.. She was on the popularity list until 1963, several years in the Top 500.

RolandHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous throughout the land"
  • Description:

    Roland is a chivalrous old name made famous by the supposedly eight-foot-tall romantic hero and nephew of Charlemagne, celebrated in medieval poetry and song. It is more widely heard in the US now in its Spanish form, Rolando. You might want to consider rollicking short form Rollo, either on its own or as an abbreviation of Roland. Orlando is the graceful Italian form.

OrlandoHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian variation of Roland
  • Meaning:

    "famous throughout the land"
  • Description:

    Orlando, the ornate Italianate twist on the dated Roland, with a literary heritage stretching back to Shakespeare and before, has appealing book-ended o's, and is open to combination with almost any last name, a la British actor, Orlando Bloom.

RogerHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous warrior"
  • Description:

    In the World War II era, Roger had nothing but the most positive associations, actually used by military personnel to mean 'Received and understood'--or A-OK, and though it is now on extended furlough, it does have a long and distinguished history. Introduced to England after the Norman Conquest of 1066, Roger soon became very popular there, with nicknames Hodge and Dodge, and had a long run later in the U.S, remaining in the Top 100 for 55 years.

LudwigHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous warrior"
  • Description:

    As heavy as a marble bust of Beethoven.

RoderickHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous ruler"
  • Description:

    The aristocratic--if not haughty--Roderick was nevertheless consistently in the Top 1000, reaching as high as Number 221 in 1967, when it was not uncommon to run into a Rod or a Roddy. It's at a low point right now, but we can envision it being revived as a neglected, dignified grandpa name, perhaps when Rod is no longer a potentially embarrassing nickname..

LudovicHeart

  • Origin:

    English and Scottish variation of Ludwig
  • Meaning:

    "famous warrior"
  • Description:

    Euro-cool. Heard more in Scotland than in England or the US, Ludovic Lesly is a character in the Sir Walter Scott novel Quentin Durward and Sir Ludovic Kennedy was a noted Scottish broadcaster and writer. Cute nickname: Ludo.

RudolphHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous wolf"
  • Description:

    Sure, he'd probably get a certain amount of red-nosed teasing around the holiday, but a boy named Rudolph could probably take it. Besides, he's got other, more distinguished namesakes -- the great ballet dancer Nureyev, silent screen Lothario Valentino and 9-11 Mayor Giuliani.

LudovicaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian, feminine variation of Ludovic
  • Meaning:

    "famous in war"
  • Description:

    This Olde World name with a large measure of European style makes an offbeat possibility for the bold baby namer in search of interesting Italian names for girls. Currently very popular in its native Italy, Ludovica is an unusual path to all the great Lu nicknames, like Lulu and Lula.

RodrigoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and Portuguese variation of Roderick
  • Meaning:

    "famous ruler"
  • Description:

    Rhythmically appealing international spin on the stiff original.

AloisiaHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous fighter"
  • Description:

    Inventive female form of Aloysius.

RogelioHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish
  • Meaning:

    "famous spearman"
  • Description:

    A Spanish variation of the name Roger meaning "famous spearman." Rogelio is popular among the Filipino and Argentine communities and could be a great alternative for international families looking for a name that can still be shortened to the very Anglo nickname “Rodge.”

RudyHeart

  • Origin:

    German, short form of Rudolph
  • Meaning:

    "famous wolf"
  • Description:

    Rudy hasn't yet enjoyed the comeback of cousin name Ruby, despite having been chosen by hip couple Sadie Frost and Jude Law, but it still could happen.

ClothildeHeart

  • Origin:

    French from German
  • Meaning:

    "famous in battle"
  • Description:

    Pronounced klo-TEELD, this name is well used in France, but rarely heard here; it has a chic and sophisticated air.

RenonHeart

  • Origin:

    French
  • Meaning:

    "to make famous"
  • Description:

    Straightforward but very unusual choice, sometimes heard in Israel.

EstesHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin surname
  • Meaning:

    "from a famous ruling house"
  • Description:

    For some, a name that will evoke the beauty of the national park in the Colorado Rockies.

LotharHeart

  • Origin:

    German
  • Meaning:

    "famous army"
  • Description:

    Lothar is cloddish, till you add a dashing io to the end...

RoaldHeart

  • Origin:

    Norwegian
  • Meaning:

    "famous ruler"
  • Description:

    This intriguing Scandinavian name is associated with Roald Dahl, author of the juvenile classics James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. You can honor an ancestral Ronald just by dropping that middle 'n'.